The Art Gallery wall at First Unitarian displays 2-dimensional artwork by local artists for one month. You can view the art gallery when the church office is open (Tuesday – Friday, 1pm – 5pm), or on Sunday mornings during and following church services. One Sunday each month, the artist is present between Sunday services to meet with others to speak about their work. In addition, some artists may choose to hold a separate  reception for their artwork.

Current Artist

February 2019: Jon Lemons

Jon Lemons is a native Iowan currently shooting photos for Des Moines Public Schools. Last summer he spent three weeks in Spain with his wife Anna Lemons. Together, they walked 75 miles of the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and traveled throughout other cities in northern Spain. His show, ¡Buen Camino! (meaning good road) is a collection of photographs from their trip. Just as Jon and Anna gained a deep love for the culture of Spain on their journey, he hopes these photographs will resonate with this community and promote the desire to travel. Profits from these works will go to ¡Al Exito! which provides programming and education for Latino/a youth in Des Moines and surrounding areas.

All of Jon’s artwork is for sale via silent auction. Please fill out a silent auction bidding form located next to the art in Channing Hall.

Meet the artist date has been set for February 24th, with the silent auction ending that day at 12:30.



Upcoming Shows

February 2019: Jon Lemons
March 2019:  Kathy Svec, collages
April 2019:  Justin Young
May 2019:  Coming of Age youth

How to Apply

If you would like to show your artwork on the Art Gallery wall at First Unitarian, please submit the completed forms below. If you have any questions, you may contact Linda Mathews at

Art Gallery Policy

Artist Instructions & Application Form

Photo Gallery of our Art Gallery!